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Old 24 Feb 2011, 02:18
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Originally Posted by Paul M View Post
Wow, your a bit of a doom and gloom merchant.
Quite frequently actually .

Edit: One thing I will say is this, teach them first thing how to backup the site unless your host has that included in the service. If they come to you with a hacked site, a lost this or that you won't want to handle those tears so to avoid that be sure to train them right off the bat how to perform backups.. the rest is trial and error, with a backup you can restore... it's like Johnson & Johnson's No More Tears Shampoo for my little one .
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Old 24 Feb 2011, 11:42
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are you trying to reach out to let us know that you had many teers dealing with backups, come over here you big lug ill give you a big hug.
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Old 24 Feb 2011, 16:39
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Originally Posted by TheLastSuperman View Post
This is touchy for me... my 8 year old little girl already knows how Daddy is on a PC, I've already busted her when Disney's Pirates emails me chat logs about them using words Kess instead of Kiss and other so no matter what let's not think our own children are the picture perfect image of childhood innocence because if we do then we're failing as parents imo. I would not do this, I would throw up a static html or php site with some videos and images or a slide-show and nothing more... why? Well if you introduce them to something more interactive you also open up the risk. Online predators come across a site they learn is ran by a 10 year old what do you think they're going to do pass it up saying "nah the mother/father will get us for sure" no that's not a concern in their eyes. On top of that a forum has the possibility to be hacked, dependent upon the method used your son or daughter's pc could become infected with something and then in turn you could be at risk - basically for me and I'm not bashing anyone for wanting to give their kids more however for me it's a HUGE NO.
Hate to say this, but just hope you realize your kid will never become the next "Bill Gates" or "Mark Zuckerberg". Why? Because you're limiting them. I was 2 years old when I actually "started typing" and literally was fairly fluent with a keyboard by age 5. I'm 18 now, and my parents never held me back or limited anything for me. I also happen to run well over 100 sites, several of which get 10m+ page-views, and roughly 1m+ visitors a month. So setting limitations might keep kids "safe" sure... But you could also potentially be destroying their chance at really becoming something great.

I'm not trying to insult you or anything at all, because by all means it's your kid so you get to choose how they are raised. Simply making stating an opinion that's all.


@OP: 100% yes let them, and if it doesn't cost too much money support them by any means necessary. I would also go out and buy them a book about how to program in C++ or C#. The future is in the internet, might as well prepare your kids for it.
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Old 24 Feb 2011, 17:09
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Hate to say this, but just hope you realize your kid will never become the next "Bill Gates" or "Mark Zuckerberg". Why? Because you're limiting them. I was 2 years old when I actually "started typing" and literally was fairly fluent with a keyboard by age 5. I'm 18 now, and my parents never held me back or limited anything for me. I also happen to run well over 100 sites, several of which get 10m+ page-views, and roughly 1m+ visitors a month. So setting limitations might keep kids "safe" sure... But you could also potentially be destroying their chance at really becoming something great.

I'm not trying to insult you or anything at all, because by all means it's your kid so you get to choose how they are raised. Simply making stating an opinion that's all.


@OP: 100% yes let them, and if it doesn't cost too much money support them by any means necessary. I would also go out and buy them a book about how to program in C++ or C#. The future is in the internet, might as well prepare your kids for it.
Ohh no offense taken, I realize that others just like myself base their responses on the information they have at the time and truthfully I more than likely should have mentioned McKinley makes all straight A's and knows how to navigate the web more fluently than most and can even understand some basic html and how css works i.e. top to bottom I'm just not the type to go bragging all the time and especially not when America's education is not top of the line (Google the "Waiting for Superman" Movie). More to her than all that as well but again, I felt there was no sense coming in here early blabbering about all that until someone forgets there's more to a book then it's cover and you shouldn't judge or so the saying goes but aren't we all based solely on the OP's tidbit of information? Gosh we are all contradictions to ourselves without realizing if you think about it lol.

I'm very strict is all and read my savvy humor here and laugh with me... the title was about the OP's son wanting a forum @ age 14 not my daughter becoming the next Mark Zuckerburg or Bill Gates - with her parents help and my teaching her programming and different languages she'll be the next McKinley Miller!

Now that's how you should think as a parent imo .

--------------- Added 24 Feb 2011 at 17:14 ---------------

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are you trying to reach out to let us know that you had many teers dealing with backups, come over here you big lug ill give you a big hug.
Before learning the hard way yes and sad to see others all the time speaking about a lost site due to no backup!

I'll gladly take that HUG and thanks!
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Old 28 Feb 2011, 13:49
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I would let it happen. Rather it happen under your supervision just make sure you are an admin also. Also backup is a good idea like superman said.

also the last superman should be lex luthor .... sorry had to take the jab .

Also remember you ultimately have the kill switch. But hey i am the type that have monitoring software on all my daughter laptop so i know what is going on. Yes I am big brother.
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Old 28 Feb 2011, 15:29
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Old 08 Mar 2011, 09:36
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Sure why not? Sounds like a great idea.

Better he has his own forum than wasting time [or worse] elsewhere on the internet...

But I would sit him down and talk things through.. Make him prepare a "community plan"...
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Old 12 Mar 2011, 09:51
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Thats right... "hey mom, can I have a site like your misfits site, one that I can have admins and stuff". LOL He wants a game site or something....

I told him I would let him have one, no harm right? I'm on a dedicated machine with plenty of space.

Then I got to thinking... whos REALLY gonna be watching all those teenagers? Especially with their cracks, hacks and mods.

Oh hell no! Not on my machine! LOL

Do any of you webmasters with teenagers let your kids have their own sites?
I run a gaming site so he could always end up with a mod spot or helping with gaming news postings.
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Old 13 Mar 2011, 04:25
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I was 14 years old when I started making own websites. The very 1st website was handling a forums (yahoo forums) with about 700 members and more than some thousands of posts. But then it was closed by forumotion.com on abuse reports.

Now, I am over 18 and have more than 10 websites running with some large networks. I can do basic html codding and some other stuff. I would say, let him do it.

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Old 13 Mar 2011, 10:17
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same here as wajden, my hobby site hit 11,500 members.

exposing him to the world can backfire though, for me, it gave me dreams of leaving my country to a place where my skill is more appreciated.
however, it may turn him into a couch vegetable. lol
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Old 13 Mar 2011, 12:49
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I was taught how to drive at age 8, I worked on my first car with my father and since we lived in a rural area, I was able to drive around at age 11. One time while I was driving to a small town, I saw a computer and fell in love with it. Got my first PC at age 12, learnt lots of stuff and later we moved to this other town, with the help of my father, we opened a small Computer Repair center, I was 14 by then.

I was browsing the web one day and found this site where they had background music and animated gifs, I loved it. That site got me into this other side of the web. It was a blog, under the blogspot.com domain. I created an account and the first thing I did was add the animated gifs and bg music to it xD I must admit it was difficult, I didn't know anything about html :P. Now I do, lucky me xD

I've been very sick lately and now that I'm feeling a bit better, I have decided to learn how to play the guitar.
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As to letting your child have his own website, let him. If he truly wants his own site and you don't let him, he will on your back(I'm guessing you wouldn't like that). Depending on how you have raised him, he should be mature enough by this age, so support him.

Greetings from a xx y/o guy.
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Thanks for the advise, everyone! I've decided to let him have one with me as the superadmin and him on a different admin usergroup, as admin.

I hope you feel better Xtrigit!
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i think this reason should be enough for me to quit having a forum , so this is a child business
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Old 17 Apr 2011, 16:59
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Yup, that is how our site biggest site got started. BUT, there are so many ins and out and legal issues when you deal with kids under 18. I didn't mean for it to become a business but it did. He was 11 when he said "mom I want a forum". If I had known then how many hours and years of work that would have meant I don't know know what I would have said. Especially now as we are in the process of upgrading EVERYTHING and money is tight
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Old 17 Apr 2011, 18:20
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Let him have a forum. I started my own forum when I was 12 Without any parental consent and I turned out just fine.
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